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SUPERFAST FIBRE BROADBAND coming to Shotesham!     Movies, Wreath making, Carols and annual Fun Run. Details for both below

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.



Some practical help in local libraries courtesy of Norfolk Councils – click here

A Shotesham Warm Welcome – Following the recent trial of the weekly ‘Warm Welcome’ afternoon, it has now been extended to include 8th, 15th and 22nd of December. As before this where Shotesham residents can come together, have a cup of tea or coffee and perhaps some cake, and can catch up with neighbours to share some news and views, and the sessions will be on a Thursday afternoon at the Trinity between 2 & 4pm. 
There is no charge to attend,  it’s very informal and anyone can come along. If you’d like to join us but might struggle to get there, we’ll be happy to arrange for you to get a lift or other assistance as required. Please contact Jeff and Rosemarie Gough on 550358 or 07748527984 for assistance. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Help from Norfolk Local Councils – a lot of helpful information, including some financial assistance for certain cases, click here for more information 

The DIARY – Click here


Walking in Shotesham – Definitely into the cooler spell now so make sure you have your warmest shorts, walks for December are on Sunday the 18th and a twixt walk on December 28th, Trinity 10.15 as always. ps, anyone got an up to date photo?  Courtesy of Bernie (Photographer)

Shotesham Screen, mixed reception for November movie, next one is The Duke, the highly acclaimed story of a 60-year old taxi driver, Kempton Bunton, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting provided the government invested more in care for the elderly –see full review here. to be screened on Friday 9th December, 7.30pm, Trinity Hall, tickets £5, BOOKINGS ONLY.


Christmas Treat – at 4.30 on the same day, a special showing of Elf for children of all ages, with a christmas treat or two for the younger ones. Bring a cushion if you fancy a floor seat.  Please email SVAChristmas@gmail.com with numbers wishing to attend.

Shotesham yoga – down to one session per week for the winter, 18.30 – 19.30 every Wednesday. Enquiries via our very own Shotesham Yoga teacher, Kendra -kendracollier0@gmail.com or 07748009411

For everyone who has Internet problems or is interested in preparing for the high speed broadband revolution! 
County Broadband, who have already visited a number of households in the village and have around 10% (20 households) signed up, are hosting a meeting on Monday 12th December in Trinity Hall.  The idea is to give us all the information regarding a Broadband plan for Shotesham, and hopefully to achieve a minimum of 20% of the village signed up for it which will enable the go ahead in the near future.
In the meantime, click here for more information

Christmas Events –
The now famous Shotesham Carols round the Tree on Christmas Eve, will again be a mainly outside affair commencing at 5pm. As always, mulled wine and mince pies (and perhaps a sausage roll!) will be on offer, along with the much appreciated Hot Chocolate/Coffee service! The Carol singing & children’s handbell event will be led by master conductor Ted Burton, with the normal Sunday bell ringing practices being held commencing on Sunday 4th – contact Ted on 07718 066159 for details. Youngsters can also assist by once again making Christmas/Nativity style decorations for the church, which can be left inside the church from Thursday 22nd. As always there will be very limited parking on Church Hill, so it will be reserved for disabled and infirm only. Please walk to the venue if you can and please bring a lantern or a torch and footwear appropriate for the ground/weather. For the protection of others, please observe common sense Covid guidelines.
Shotesham Garden Group – Christmas is coming so to help you get ready we will be running our annual popular wreath making workshop. So come along on Sunday December 11th 10.30 onwards to Christine Burton’s potting shed at Hillside, The Common, Shotesham to make Christmas wreaths and decorations from willow and other natural materials. Everybody welcome and bring anything from your own garden you might wish to use. We will be providing soup and bread at the end of the morning, but any offers of mince pies and flapjacks will be gratefully received £5 to cover costs Phone Christine on 550364 for directions or more information PS. Don’t forget to bring your own secateurs or scissors
New Years Eve Fun Run for the fit and the brave, will be on Saturday 31st Dec. Starters gun on All Saints Hill at 11am. You can check in beforehand by emailing Ken at resotan@aol.com or turn up from 10.45am onwards for registration. The route is three times round the village, finishing back at start point on Church Hill. Approx 9km (5miles), route below, and look out for emails for further details of all events. 

Shotesham Barn Dance – was voted a great success so many thanks to all who joined us to enjoy it! Thanks also to all who gave their time and effort behind the scene to make it happen and clean up afterwards, roll on the next one!

Strictly Barn Dancing!

Shotesham Open Gardens – We have some consolation following cancellation with some garden photos as memories of a hot, hot summer! Real live Open Gardens coming soon!!


Shotesham Common – The Trustees of Shotesham Common have been given permission by Natural England and will be carrying out some work on the common over the following months. Just to explain what we are doing and why:
We will be manually cutting back sections of the banks of the beck on an annual basis, where Willow Herb has dominated, to enable birds and mammals to have access to the water.
We will be manually cutting Alder saplings and trees. Over the years these have changed the open landscape and caused drying out of the wetland meadows, which is contrary to the management agreement we have with Natural England.

After the floods at Brookfield in December 2021, a ditch was dug and a bank built up around the cottage. Alternative flood alleviation work has now been carried out at Brookfields, so this is no longer required. The ditch will be filled in and the bank removed.
If you would like any further information, contact either Ed Howard edhoward54@gmail.com or myself floracot@btinternet.com.

Bernie Fenn, for Trustees of Shotesham Common

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…And in Joys Loke….

Courtesy of Tom Higgin

And what about the Crayfish….? an appeal from the Norfolk Rivers Trust, follow this link.

Credit – Ross Joliffe

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE!  Hopefully we are now well used to the occurrence of scams, but the best of us can still be caught out. Here’s a message from a Shotesham resident of a very recent attempt – ‘I had a call asking if I had received my new debit card in the last 7 days which I hadn’t. He wanted me to hand my card to someone who would came round to collect it! This person was obviously watching to see me return home and came to collect my card. I was so gullible not to see so many signs of a scam, but all is OK, I have rung Barclays and the police who were very understanding. I have never been scammed before and learnt a lot from my experience.’
Luckily our neighbour did figure it out in time, but this shows how convincing scammers can be!!

Community information….

Review of Residential Care across Norfolk, read more here

Norwich Western Link Road – Norfolk Council can now confirm that the Norwich Western Link consultation event in Costessey has been rearranged to take place on Friday 30 September . The event will run between 1 and 8pm and will be held in the Stafford Hall of the Costessey Centre. This event was originally due to take place last Friday (9 September) but was postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the previous day. You can also continue to find out more about the consultation, view the proposals upon which we’re consulting and give us your views online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl

Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info

Local Council ‘stuff’ – 

Looking to get back to work?  Choices_A5 SNC Sept 2022

Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) – Go wild in the Country with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Environment agency – Winter Flooding Report, read here

Pylons East Anglia – Norfolk Parish Movement for an OTN: September Update here

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

Norfolk County Council – info, advice and links  here

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s – July news update – click here

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